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 U.S. Franchise Trade Mission to India, including stops in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore:         


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The U.S. Franchise Trade Mission to India, including stops in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore: is brought to you by IFA and Franchise Times, and is designated as a Certified Trade Mission by the U.S. Commercial Service.  From December 7th to 12th, 2014, a select group of franchise companies will receive valuable briefings, research and the opportunity to meet potential Indian franchisees.  Itinerary items include country briefings with U.S. Embassy officials and U.S. Commercial Service officers, meetings with government ministries, site visits, one-on-one matchmaking meetings with pre-screened local investors.     


As recently as 2009, franchising was still seen as emerging in India, but has grown steadily over the past five years. According to the US Commercial Service, there are 45,000 franchise outlets in India with a value of $13.4 billion. Those numbers are expected to grow to 168,000 units by 2017, worth $50.4 billion. Retail is the largest franchise sector, worth $10.6 billion, followed by food and beverages, ringing up sales of $1.2 billion. India now boasts the largest middle class in the world and has no franchise specific laws.  India offers an increasingly well-traveled population, many of whom have been educated in the U.S. and are familiar with and welcoming of U.S. brands.  


U.S. Franchise Trade Mission to India.           

Who: 12-15 franchise companies            

When: December 7 - December 12, 2014     

Mumbai – December 7- 9, 2014     

Sunday, December 7, 2014     

- Arrive in Mumbai      

Monday, December 8, 2014       

- Briefing organized by U.S. Commercial Service, Mumbai     

- One-on-one matchmaking meetings      

- Evening Networking reception hosted by the Mumbai Consul General     

Tuesday, December 9, 2014         

- Morning Site Visit     

- Afternoon/Evening departure for Bangalore      

Bangalore – December 9-10, 2014      

Arrive in Bangalore and check into hotel     

-              Site tour – TBD      

Wednesday, December 10, 2014      

-              Morning – Industry briefing organized by U.S. Commercial Service, South India     

-              One-on-one matchmaking meetings      

-              Networking Luncheon      

-              Late evening depart to New Delhi     

-              Arrive in New Delhi and check into hotel     

New Delhi – December 11-12, 2014       

Thursday, December 11, 2014     

- One-on-one matchmaking meetings      

- Evening Networking reception hosted by the Minister Consular for Commercial Affairs      

Friday, December 12, 2014      

- Follow-up of one-on-one meetings and Site visit to an upscale mall that houses numerous franchisee outlets.       

- Late evening/early morning (Saturday) flight back to the United States      

 Where: Mumbai, Bangalore, and New Delhi            

Why: To investigate partnership opportunities      

Cost:  $5,400      

Each additional executive traveling with a participating firm - $750                 

Download the Trade Mission flyer here  


Trade Mission price includes:              

  •All in-country transfers and transportation to/from airport and special events (does not include airfare or hotel)
•Briefings, selected PR events and site visits, US Embassy hotel rate, refreshments/Coffee Breaks/Lunches during meetings, consultations, one-on-one meetings.
•Translators will be paid separate for companies that require them

 Download Application form  - Please download the application and email the completed application as an attachment to  If you submit an application and do not receive confirmation within 48 hours, please notify Josh Merin at           

The application deadline is September 7th, 2014.         



Additional resources: 


US Commercial Service India Commercial Guide 


Profile of franchise law in India